4.4 Dignity A characteristic of South African urban environments is that they are populated by people from many different walks of life. It should be a basic right of all citizens to meet in dignified public spaces which are ‘owned by all’, regardless of personal circumstances.
Spatially, the emphasis is on creating dignified places for meeting and gathering, such as: using new buildings to define and make space; using selective hard and soft landscaping in different ways to create a place, provide shade and shelter - all to reinforce one’s sense of belonging.
4.5 Safety and Security Unfortunately, issues of safety and security impact on all dimensions of life in South Africa today.
While crime and violence are primarily social and economic issues, spatial design can impact significantly on the propensity for it to occur.
Design factors that can assist include: creating a clear hierarchy of vehicular and pedestrian networks; good street-lighting; the promotion of ‘people in buildings overlooking streets and spaces’; avoiding use of dead-edges or blank walls, and maintaining of planting and open spaces.
4.6 Place-Making Any plan for Linbro Park must take into account place-making: the creation of a sense of spatial uniqueness and identity. An important part of this is developing an appropriate response to the site.
The spatial implication includes working with the land; working with the open space system; use of landmarks; and the appropriate use of indigenous street trees and vegetation.
4.7 Flexibility The challenge is to create a UDF which is strong enough to give clear direction but which is flexible, in that it can accommodate future demand, growth and change.
LINBRO PARK: Urban Design Framework Plan